Summer is a great time for traveling but the thought of holidaying with a newborn might be a bit daunting. So before you consign your suitcase to the loft I thought I’d share a few tips to persuade you to take a trip with your young family.
Here are some amazing tips for parents from an experienced babysitter who is also a parent.
Getaway before they do
Most infants are okay to travel abroad from around three months old, but you need not wait that long for holidays in the UK. Breaks in the first six months work especially well as you don’t need to worry about your little one walking around and getting themselves into too much trouble.
Plan, plan, plan
There’s nothing wrong with booking a trip on a whim, but there’s a lot more to consider with a little one in tow. Booking ahead can avoid all sorts of complications when it comes to camping or staying in hotels, as well as giving you peace of mind.
Be sure to leave plenty of time on the day of travel. Your baby will pick up on your stress levels and has no concept of the pressures of rush hour or airport check-in. Factor in time for extra faffing, toilet breaks, and nappy changes. Remember: your holiday should be a relaxing, fun-filled experience for you and your baby.
Pack for all weathers
This is important especially if you’re staying in the UK – we all know how harsh Summers can be!
Be conscious of warmer climates, especially when it comes to nappies. The heat and sweating can lead to chafing which could cause a nappy rash.
You should also be aware that if you are breastfeeding it is a good idea to take on extra fluids to avoid dehydration for you and your baby.
Flying for the first time
If you’re planning on flying, check your airline’s security advice. You should be okay to take the formula and bottled breast milk through security despite the strict rules on liquids. Be aware that some countries will not allow you to bring in certain types of food, such as fruit, so you might have to bin snacks before you board your plane.
No one knows how their child is going to react when taking off – it’s a strange experience whatever your age is! A good tip is to give them a drink or feed to help ease the pain of an earache.
If you are concerned your baby might have trouble sleeping away from their own bed, make sure you take along soothing music and familiar smells will help relax them. The best you can do is give them comfortable clothing like organic cotton clothes.
Here’s a Packing checklist!
- Comforter or cuddly toy
- Nappy bags
- Carrier bags for dirty clothes
- Baby wipes
- Anti-bacterial wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- Baby toiletries
- Nappy balm
- Changing mat
- Sun hatBibs
- First-aid kit
- Car seat
- Lots of spare clothes